Jul 17, 2014

Media briefs: ABC’s unkind cuts … Godwin’s law … brownface …

Peter Lewis has departed Southern Cross Media -- could it be Ten's dismal ratings that drove him out? Plus other media tidbits of the day.

Savage cuts at Radio Australia. The ABC has revealed more details about cuts to its international coverage of the Asia-Pacific in a series of proposed changes sent to staff. Radio Australia has been hit hardest, as it will now be forced to rely on ABC radio and ABC news for all its English-language content. Two high-profile Asia-Pacific finance correspondent positions based in Melbourne and Sydney are being cut. The Asia Pacific, Asia Review and Mornings programs, vital services for overseas executives, are being axed.

The Asia-Pacific News Centre is set to lose its correspondents in Delhi, Jakarta, Beijing, the Pacific and Parliament House. Coverage of the Pacific will fall to existing ABC correspondents in Auckland and Port Moresby. Business Today and the 5pm Australia Network news bulletin are being cut. Australia Plus TV will be reduced to broadcasting a limited television service to the Pacific, using programming from other parts of the ABC and SBS.

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3 thoughts on “Media briefs: ABC’s unkind cuts … Godwin’s law … brownface …

  1. Dogs breakfast

    All of Chris Lilley’s characters (cough) are offensive. They offend my sense of humour. I can’t see the slightest bit of humour in anything he has done.

    And yes, of course it’s colonialist, racist, bogan rubbish.

  2. Electric Lardyland

    I often wonder about people like Happer. Are they really and honestly so knuckle-draggingly ignorant, or are they just on cynical, manipulative missions, to dumb down the populace as much as possible?

  3. John Taylor

    Godwin’s Law does not stand for the proposition advanced – the person who raises the Nazis does not lose – rahter Godwin’s Law was that the longer an online discussion continues the more likely a comparison to the Nazis becomes. It has been accepted as canonical in some fora that the person who makes the comparison loses, but that is just intellectual laziness and dishonesty on the part of the person advancing that particular interpretation. It is also illogical – what if the comparison is accurate?

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